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whose gang name was smiley. he is written about in my book. smiley was a young man of 19, when i first sat down with him at home when industries. one thing he said to me was -- why was no one there for me. why does no one speak to me and why did nobody tried to stop this. he was arrested when he was 16 years old. he was told to lie about his age and say he was 18, so they could be together in jail. and from there his story unfolded. different things were done with him. ultimately, spile -- smiley was helped, but his words haunted me. why did no one speak to me, and why did no one tried to stop me. i began to listen to the stories of the gang members, and my research team at ucla discovered some startling truths. gang members to leave the gangs. they leave the gang for a variety of reasons. they all have a turning point, when they decide to leave. and it changes them. this would be something that any of you would logically imagine. for female gang members, and we did not see many of them on that video, but they are out there. they are not mothers, they are active gang members. female ga
ann smiley did not ask for their fates. a young woman i worked with, who has five children and has been a member of valencia 13, and finally once to leave the gang, she did not ask for her fate. we need to listen to the needs -- providing them with jobs, with law enforcement and the community, we need to merge. you need to collaborate. you cannot speak to one another, you need to talk together. this is the challenge. i want to urge everyone in the audience, i take strength from those words, from that question as bobby threw down the gauntlet 30 years ago. you said you would always be there for me. meaning, the there in force, together with the understanding. thank you very much. >> let me begin this the scutcheon. you work every day with gang members. you were once a gang member yourself. why do you think you are effective working with young people and what does this mean to you and how we know that this is working. first of all, i want to thank god for his grace. i work with united players. i do reentry and the youth involved in juvenile delinquency. the majority of the kids i wor
not be the strongest padler, but she's more than capable. >> reporter: she created "smiley riley's beach bash," an annual event for kids with down syndrome and their families. it led special olympics to include surfing. >> she understands. she has the knowledge of being able to deal with a special needs athlete. and she also has the knowledge to understand what their limitations are and she can push them knowing full well she has a special needs child that she pushes too. >> reporter: reneau is working to get other states like california to hold competitions like this. if that happens the national special olympics told her the next step is for surfing to become a demonstration sport at a future summer games. >> how commitrd you to making this happen? >> i'm going to do whatever i'm able to do. not just kids with down syndrome but kids with autism and developmental delays. >> emily foster rode her wave back to her thrilled family. for cbs "this morning," mark strassman in cocoa beach, florida. >>> it remind me of the old line that what you can imagine you can do. >> you can do. yes. every tim
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